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Women’s Soccer Can’t Hold Off CMS

[dropcaps round=”no”]J[/dropcaps]essica Hernandez scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 29th minute to put the Leopards up on the board first.

But the University of La Verne women’s soccer team couldn’t hang on in a 2-1 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday night at Ortmayer Stadium

How it happened: Hernandez came on as a substitute in the 26th minute and made an immediate impact. As soon as she came on, the freshman launched a shot on goal that was saved by CMS’ Molly Freed.

In the 28th minute, the Chino Hills native converted a beautifully deflected header on a cross from Alexa Smith to give the Leopards a 1-0 lead. Smith used her track speed to get past her defender on the left wing and played in a sharp cross that found Hernandez’s head.

After giving up the goal, the Athenas became more aggressive, pressing higher up the field and playing more physically. Then, just before the halftime whistle blew, CMS’ Natalie Rich cut in from the right side and played a sharp cross across the goal. La Verne defense tried to cut it off but the ball spun off a foot and rolled into the net.

CMS came out more aggressive out of the break and capitalized in the 70th minute when Emily Cassell turned an Isabel Lester corner kick into a go-ahead goal.

The Leopards woke up and played with more urgency rest of the way but could not find the equalizer.

Stat of the game: The Athenas cornered the Leopards out of the halftime break and fired off first nine shots of the second half, the last of which turned out to be the game-winner. The Leopards registered their first shot of the half in the 75th minute when an attempt by Kelsea Varner was saved.

Just missed: In the 88th minute, Maribel Duran received a pass at the top of the box and found herself with a clear look at the goal. But the junior couldn’t quite get her laces on the ball and missed just right.

What it means: La Verne drops to 3-4-0 overall and 1-2-0 in SCIAC play and has alternated wins and losses in all seven games to start the season.

Up next: The Leopards travel to Orange on Saturday to take on Chapman at 7 p.m.


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